John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, was in Scunthorpe earlier today visiting the Westcliff Community Centre. He is standing for nomination as the police and crime commissioner in Humber Region and was there as part of a hustling event where he was meeting members of the local Labour Youth Group.
John Prescott at Westcliff Community Centre
Lord Prescott, who stood down as MP for Hull East in 2010, is so far the most senior political figure from any party to announce his intention to take part in the police commissioner elections, and will face a poll in November for the £75,000 a year role, a job he has said he considered himself eminently qualified for.
The establishment of police commissioners, who will replace police authorities, is the central focus of the coalition’s reforms to the police service, which aim to introduce more accountability and devolve power to local communities.
The role of commissioner includes setting priorities for a police force and overseeing its budget.
Lord Prescott became the fifth former Labour minister to declare an intention to stand in the first elections for police and crime commissioners in England and Wales.
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